Is Anyone Listening? Yes!
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Since: Sep 09
#1 Sep 9, 2013
Email from Congressman Steven Palazzo I received
Monday, September 9, 2013
It's easy to get lost in the rhetoric of the talking heads in the debate over Syria. But many Americans really want to know: Is anyone listening?
I value your feedback as I weigh these and other important decisions before Congress. More than three-fourths of Mississippians who have contacted my office or participated in my recent survey indicate they have no desire for the U.S. to use military intervention in another conflict in the Middle East. Other recent opinion polls also show that the majority of Americans agree.
In a country torn by civil war, with suspected influences from terrorist groups on either side, it seems there are no easy answers for Syria. But when it comes to my vote in Congress, the choice is clear: I cannot support a measure in favor of U.S. military intervention in Syria knowing that the majority of Mississippians are adamantly opposed.
I appreciate your continued feedback as I strive to serve South Mississippi in Congress. I encourage you to stay in touch using my website, facebook and twitter.
In Your Service,
Congressman Steven Palazzo
Congressman Steven Palazzo [[email protected] e.gov]
Since: Sep 09
#2 Sep 13, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
From Syria to the CR: Loud and Clear
For now, President Obama has decided to abandon a military option in Syria. I believe that decision is the direct result of Americans like you, standing up to let your voices be heard, LOUD and CLEAR.
You sent the message to President Obama and his advisers: "We're just not buying what you're selling."
I had an opportunity to relay that message to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.
I firmly believe that now is the time for Americans to continue letting their voices be heard - on issues like Defunding ObamaCare and upcoming votes on a Continuing Budget Resolution, or CR.
I will continue fighting to Repeal, Replace, Dismantle, Delay and Defund ObamaCare. I believe these are fights worth fighting for the people of Mississippi. I believe these are fights we can win if the American people speak out once more, LOUD and CLEAR.
As always, I value your continued feedback. That's why I'm hosting a Telephone Town Hall this next week to hear more from you on these and other matters. You can find more information below.
I also encourage you to connect with me using my website, twitter, and facebook.
In Your Service,
Congressman Steven Palazzo
JOIN CONGRESSMAN PALAZZO FOR A TELEPHONE TOWN HALL
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2013
6:40 PM CT
#3 Sep 13, 2013
Sen. Wicker: Purging Syria of Chemical Weapons a 'Thin Hope'
Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 04:01 PM
By Bill Hoffmann
Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi says congressional lawmakers don't expect to ever take a vote on whether to support a military strike against Syria.
"We don't believe a vote will ever take place. This has given the president not only a timeout, but a way to avoid the embarrassing spectacle of the commander-in-chief being rebuffed on behalf of an overwhelming majority of the American people," Wicker, a Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"If circumstances change, if there's a new atrocity, who can say? Who can say what this administration would do? But it would not be outside the realm of possibility that the president will simply go ahead with something limited and targeted. But I don't think we'll ever see a vote in the Senate."
Story continues below video.
Wicker believes President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday to the nation in which he asked Congress to postpone a vote now that Russia may intervene in seizing Syria's chemical weapons, did not change the American public's opinion of whether to act.
"The collective conclusion of the American people before and after the speech is that the president's [plan] is not a workable solution," he said.
"As presidents do, he was talking over the heads of Congress to the American people and that's perfectly fine. I don't think he won them over."
Wicker added that Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to help the United States purge Syria of chemical weapons, which reportedly killed more than 1,400 people during a strike against Syrian rebels, is "a thin hope."
"It's something that we have an obligation to pursue, but it is not likely to happen in a war zone where there is a shooting war going on all over the country of Syria," he said.
"How on earth are neutral and detached United Nations representatives going to go in and secure chemical weapons, identify them, and receive them fully?"
He said the United States should push, through negotiation, for the ousting of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"Our goal should be regime change in a negotiated settlement involving the moderate rebels and destruction and surrender of the chemical weapons," Wicker said.
"But it's going to be very hard to do and doubly and triply hard in a time of active combat not only in the countryside, but in the city of Damascus and the suburbs. That's not going to happen."
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